Subi busy in WA double
- Monday, 25 May 2015
The Haydn Bunton Cup belongs to the Black Swans after a dominant 45-point win over South Australia over the state bye weekend.
Seven Lions contributed to the win which tips West Australia 47-46 overall in the series over the last 11 years against South Australia.
Wayde Twomey was the most influential Lions player as he adds another big game notch to his belt.
Twomey has become a clutch player in significant games and won the Simpson medal in WA's historic win over Victoria in 2013. The Lions halfback gathered 31 disposals and 12 marks in a dominant display.
Shane Yarran created headaches for the crow-eaters with his pace, kicking two first quarter goals on his way to a three-goal bag. Yarran leads the WAFL in goal-kicking this year with 30 from seven games.
Chris Phelan and Leigh Kitchin were busy in the midfield for the Black Swans. Phelan represented WA for the first time in his career after a bold start to the 2015 season alongside recruit Leigh Kitchin who moved to the club from Frankston over the off-season.
Phelan gathered 24 disposals and kicked a trademark goal whilst Kitchin provided non-stop energy at the contests for 18 disposals.
Lachlan Delahunty also made a debut for his adopted state after injury ruled him out last year. The leaping utility had 20 touches and seven marks; but more importantly has tasted success at state level for the black and gold.
Clancy Wheeler was utilised in the forward line as a key target after starting the season in front of the sticks. Wheeler is 9th in the WAFL goal-kickers with 12 from eight games.
The Esperance gun gathered 13 disposals and a handful of contested marks.
Darren Rumble rounded out the Subi representatives with the 13-year veteran named vice-captain of the WA side during the week. Rumble had to worry about former Collingwood forward Brett Eddy who had an impact early in the game.
Rumble’s experience shone through however shutting down several South Australia advances in his fifth tick as a West Australian rep.
Swan Districts Ryan Davis claimed the Simpson medal for best on ground but Subi's representatives were heavily involved in the vote-getters.
Subiaco were accountable for 50 of the 90 total Simpson medal votes on the day with Wayde Twomey (24 votes), Chris Phelan (16 votes) and Clancy Wheeler (6 votes) Shane Yarran (4 votes) prominent.
Yarran's direct opponent Tom Keough was awarded the Fos Williams medal for his perfomance but acknowledged the Subi speedster's impact.
"I'm not sure if I deserved it or not, I just tried to stay with Yarran the best I could. I thought it was a pretty even match-up but he might have won it in the end." said Keough to the West Australian.
WESTERN AUSTRALIA 3.3 8.6 13.9 18.13 (121)
SOUTH AUSTRALIA 3.3 6.4 9.10 11.10 (76)
WESTERN AUSTRALIA – Goals: Davis 5; Yarran, Dell'Olio 3; Black 2; Anthony, Phelan, Neates, Hams, Cook.
Best: Davis, Twomey, Strijk, Black, Dell'Olio, Hams, Phelan.
SOUTH AUSTRALIA – Goals: Ryswyk 3; Callinan, McGregor, Eddy 2; Kirkwood, Boyd.
Best: Keough, Schmidt, Boyd, Kirkwood, Ryswyk, Cross, Summerton.
SIMPSON MEDAL (WA) – Ryan Davis.
FOS WILLIAMS MEDAL (SA) – Tom Keough.
WA U18’S WIN IN A THRILLER
Subiaco’s Greg Clark captained the West Australian U18’s side to a memorable one point win at Lathlain Park.
The Black Ducks led for the majority of the game until South Australia nipped in front by a point in the last quarter.
A fourth goal from Marshall Jones and one from Sam Powell-Pepper managed to create a buffer however; WA holding out one point winners.
Subi’s Greg Clark was named captain of the State 18’s side during the week and backed up his selection with a strong performance against the crow-eaters.
The tall midfielder has grown leaps and bounds over the last year and displayed maturity with 18 touches and seven marks.
Clarky and the WA U18’s will now prepare for the ominous challenge of Victoria Country next Sunday at Medibank Stadium
WESTERN AUSTRALIA 3.2 6.3 9.7 11.7 (73)
SOUTH AUSTRALIA 1.2 5.6 7.13 9.18 (72)
WESTERN AUSTRALIA – Goals: Jones 4; Waterman, Ridley 2; Bennett, Smith, Powell-Pepper.
Best: Bennett, Petrevski-Seton, Jones, Hackett, Clark, Smith.
SOUTH AUSTRALIA – Goals: Haysman, Milera 2; Partington, Hewett, Quinn, Markov, Dew.
Best: Partington, Haysman, Bonner, Milera, Parella, Hewett.